Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
Appropriations Committee Examines 2014-15 Budget Proposal

The House Appropriations Committee, of which Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) is a member, has completed its second week of state budget hearings to more closely examine Gov. Tom Corbett’s $29.4 billion proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year. For the fourth year in a row, the budget includes only modest spending increases and no new or increased taxes. The hearings feature testimony from heads of state departments and agencies, who outline their budgetary needs for the coming year, as well as a variety of questions from lawmakers. During the hearings, Peifer has taken the opportunity to question the heads of the Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Department of Revenue, as well as the state treasurer. For footage of Peifer’s questioning, visit To learn more about the state budget, and for video of complete budget hearings, visit

2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Forms Available

Applications for the 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are now available for qualified taxpayers. The program benefits Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities who meet certain income guidelines. Renters may earn up to $15,000 annually and qualify for the program, while homeowners may earn up to $35,000. Exclude 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits when calculating income. Maximum rebates range from $250 to $650 depending on income. For applications or additional information, contact Peifer’s office at Wayne County Visitors Center, 32 Commercial St., Suite 300, in Honesdale. The telephone number is 570-253-5533. Applications are also available online at Assistance with filing the Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms is available from Peifer’s office at no charge.

File the FAFSA for Higher Education Help

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is encouraging college students and college-bound high school students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines eligibility for federal grants, the need-based Pennsylvania State Grant, many scholarships, reduced-cost federal student loans, work-study programs, and many school-based student aid programs. Completing a FAFSA is a vital step students and families should take when looking for assistance in covering higher education costs. Since schools have different financial aid deadlines, families should complete and submit the FAFSA to the federal government prior to the earliest due date for financial aid applications. The Pennsylvania State Grant deadline is May 1 for all applicants submitting a renewal and first-time applicants in degree and transfer programs. For more information about the FAFSA, visit

Representative Mike Peifer
139th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Patricia Hippler
(717) 772-9846
Share |